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Stratford, New Hampshire
Town
North Stratford village
North Stratford village
Location in Coös County, New Hampshire
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Coös
Incorporated 1773
Villages Beatties
North Stratford
Stratford Hollow
Area
 • Total 79.8 sq mi (206.6 km2)
 • Land 79.2 sq mi (205.2 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)  0.66%
Elevation
890 ft (270 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 662
 • Density 8/sq mi (3.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
03590
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-74180
GNIS feature ID 0873727

Stratford is a town located on the Connecticut River in Coös County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 662 at the 2020 census, down from 746 at the 2010 census. Within the town are the villages of North Stratford, Stratford Hollow, and Beatties. U.S. Route 3 passes through the center of town, as does the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad, formerly a part of the Grand Trunk Railway.

Stratford is part of the Berlin, NH–VT Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The Janice Peaslee Bridge connects Stratford to Maidstone, Vermont.

History

Originally granted in 1762 with the name Woodbury, the town was regranted as Stratford in 1773.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 80.0 square miles (207 km2), of which 79.5 square miles (206 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) is water, comprising 0.65% of the town.

The highest point in Stratford is the summit of Sugarloaf, at 3,700 feet (1,128 m) above sea level.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 146
1800 281 92.5%
1810 339 20.6%
1820 335 −1.2%
1830 443 32.2%
1840 441 −0.5%
1850 552 25.2%
1860 716 29.7%
1870 886 23.7%
1880 1,016 14.7%
1890 1,128 11.0%
1900 968 −14.2%
1910 844 −12.8%
1920 794 −5.9%
1930 918 15.6%
1940 1,049 14.3%
1950 973 −7.2%
1960 1,029 5.8%
1970 980 −4.8%
1980 989 0.9%
1990 927 −6.3%
2000 942 1.6%
2010 746 −20.8%
2020 662 −11.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 942 people, 397 households, and 235 families living in the town. The population density was 11.8 people per square mile (4.6/km2). There were 540 housing units at an average density of 6.8 per square mile (2.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.75% White, 1.27% Native American, 0.11% from other races, and 2.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74%.

Of the 397 households 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% were non-families. 32.0% of households were one person and 10.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.03.

The age distribution was 23.8% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 30.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median household income was $28,594 and the median family income was $33,295. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $21,488 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,783. About 10.7% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Mary R. Platt Hatch (1848–1935), author
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